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May 4, 2016 - 5:14am
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LONDON (AP) — A London auctioneer says a diamond the size of a tennis ball that is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell for more than $70 million.

Sotheby's says it will offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29.

The diamond was unearthed in November in Botswana at a mine owned by Canada's Lucara Diamond Corporation. It measured 1,109 carats, the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered....

May 4, 2016 - 5:08am
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KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The U.N. envoy trying to negotiate an end to the war in Yemen says peace talks will resume in Kuwait.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said on Twitter the talks would resume on Wednesday. He says all sides in the conflict agreed to form a committee to look into what happened in the governorate of Amran, which reportedly came under attack by Yemen's Shiite rebels.

That attack halted the talks in Kuwait City.

Yemen's...

May 4, 2016 - 5:01am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

Albanian police say they have detained 16 Syrians who had entered the country illegally.

A police statement Wednesday said the group that included nine children had come from the Idomeni shelter in Greece, taken a taxi and then walked 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) before entering Albania....

May 4, 2016 - 4:49am
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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Independent Algerian newspaper El Khabar is facing likely closure after the government cracked down on its ad revenue and challenged its pending sale in court.

The newspaper has been critical of the government, notably its handling of the gas-dependent economy.

The advertising agency for state companies banned ads in El Khabar in 2014, at the request of the communications minister. Ads by state-run companies make up the vast...

May 4, 2016 - 4:47am
1 day 5 hours ago

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media say three people have been killed in renewed rebel shelling of government-held areas in the deeply contested northern city of Aleppo.

State TV says that also on Wednesday, government troops repelled a rebel attack on an Aleppo suburb controlled by the government.

Pro-opposition activists confirmed the report, adding that government forces regained control of a former mall that had become a new front line with...

May 4, 2016 - 4:27am
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LONDON (AP) — A closely monitored survey is pointing to waning growth in the 19-country eurozone at the start of the second quarter of the year.

Financial information company Markit says Wednesday that its purchasing managers index — a broad gauge of business activity — across the region fell modestly to 53 in April from 53.1 the previous month.

Though above the 50 threshold indicating expansion, the reading has fallen from the start of the year. The...

May 4, 2016 - 4:02am
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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in southeastern Turkey.

The Anadolu Agency said Wednesday Kurdish rebels detonated an explosives-packed vehicle outside a gendarmerie station in Mardin province.

It blamed the attack on "terrorists" linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Ankara and its Western allies designate the group as a...

May 4, 2016 - 4:00am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive Commission is recommending that Turkish citizens be allowed to travel to Europe without visas on short vacations and business trips.

The Commission said Wednesday that Turkey has met most of the 72 criteria needed for a visa waiver, and it invited member states and EU lawmakers to endorse the move by June 30.

Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said "there is still work to be done as a matter of...

May 4, 2016 - 3:38am
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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — U.S. defense Secretary Ash Carter says the latest American combat death in Iraq shows the military campaign against the Islamic State is "far from over."

Carter made the remark Wednesday as he convened a meeting in Germany of his counterparts from 11 countries contributing to the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The session is the latest in a series with partners on strategies for increasing...

May 4, 2016 - 3:34am
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic.

Iranian state media quoted Gen. Hossein Salami, the acting commander of the Guard, as making the comment Wednesday regarding the strait, through which nearly a third of all oil traded by sea passes.

Salami was quoted as saying: "If the...

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